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POSTPONED Avian immunology flow cytometry workshop

Radisson Blu Hotel, The Royal Mile, 80 High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH

We regret to inform you that the British Society for Immunology and our Comparative & Veterinary Immunology Group have decided to postpone this event 'Avian immunology flow cytometry workshop' which was due to take place on 3 April in Edinburgh due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. 

We have emailed all delegates who have registered for this meeting – please check your inbox for further information on what to do. 

This has been a hard decision for us as our events programme is at the heart of what we do and the activities that we provide for our members.  However, after carefully reviewing the situation, we have decided that the most responsible option for us is to limit travel and large group gatherings.This 

I’m sure that you share in both our and our Comparative & Veterinary Immunology Group's disappointment that we are unable to go ahead with this event on the planned date.  We are currently looking into alternative options with a view to running the event at a later date. We have contacted all registered delegates directly but if you have any questions in the meantime, please email

Thank you all for your support.

The first Avian Immunology Flow Cytometry Workshop will be held by the British Society for Immunology's Comparative & Veterinary Immunology Group (CVIG). It will take place immediately after CVIG's T cell biology meeting on the afternoon of Friday 3 April 2020 in Edinburgh.

The workshop will demonstrate the progress being made in techniques of flow cytometry in the field of avian immunological research. There will be a number of expert speakers across the field of avian immunology to demonstrate current methodology used to study phenotype and function of avian immune cells. We hope to engage in a productive, highly interactive discussions concerning the successes, pitfalls and limitations to working on avian immune cells with limited reagents. These limitations are a common feature of those conducting research in comparative host species and therefore anyone interested in and/or has experience with flow cytometry are welcome. It is anticipated that the success of this workshop will lead to further workshops encompassing other animals of comparative interest in future CVIG meetings.


Chair: Professor Lonneke Vervelde, Department of Infection and Immunity, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK

14:00- 14:10 Workshop introduction – Professor Lonneke Vervelde​

14:10- 14:30 Introduction to good flow practice and pitfalls – ​Dr Tina Dalgaard, Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark

Each of the following talks will consist of a 15-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute discussion.

14.30- 15.00 Chicken B cells – ​Dr Sonja Härtle, Department for Veterinary Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany

15.00-15.30 Chicken T cells – ​Dr Tina Dalgaard, Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.

15.30-16.00 Chicken NK and γδ T cells –​ Dr Thomas Göbel, Department for Veterinary Science, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany​

16.00-16.30​ Chicken Macrophage/DCs – ​Dr Kate Sutton, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK

16.30-17.00 Intracellular cytokine staining: monoclonal antibodies and RNA detection – Dr Wilhelm Gerner, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria

Discussion points:

  • Conjugations kits- experience based overview
  • Cell labelling for proliferation, tracing analysis


Online registration is now open. Registration is free for BSI members. Non-members who have not registered for CVIG's T cell biology meeting will have to pay a £10 fee. If you're a non-member who's already registered for the meeting, please email Tracey Sheehan for a discount code.

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